Published Jan 02, 2019Daryl Dragon — best known as the "Captain" of '70s pop group Captain & Tennille — has passed away. A spokesperson for the American musician confirmed Dragon died of renal failure, with former wife and musical partner Toni Tennille by his side. Dragon was 76.
Captain & Tennille had a huge string of hits in the 1970s, notably the chart-topping "Love Will Keep Us Together." Other hits by the pair included "Muskrat Love," "Shop Around" and "Do That to Me One More Time," among others.
Despite the couple separating in 2013 and divorcing the following year, Dragon and Tennille remained close over the years, with Tennille even moving to Arizona to help care for the ailing Dragon in his later years.
Beyond Dragon's work in Captain & Tennille, he was notably part of the family band the Dragons, which he formed alongside brothers Dennis and Doug Dragon. During their brief time together in the '60s, the trio recorded the stellar psych-pop record BFI, which was initially shelved and only given a release 37 years later via the taste-making Ninja Tune imprint in 2007. The brothers' father was notable composer Carmen Dragon.
Daryl Dragon also played with the Beach Boys during the '70s, when he often took up keyboard duties in the group.